Voting Experiences

Carlucci's picture

So, how was everyone's voting experience? I was amazed that there were only 3 people in front of me at around 7:50 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church. There were some problems (and screaming) involving what assigned number each person was, which I thought was a bit odd to hear. Otherwise it went quite smooth. But, no "I Voted" pins! Oh, well. I'll make my own.

dan's picture

8:45 am @ Hackett We walked

8:45 am @ Hackett

We walked in and there was nobody else there, although the workers said it had been very busy earlier. We did pass other voters who were leaving on our way there, and others came in after we did.

One interesting thing was that there was campaign literature sitting on the registration table and nobody seemed to care. (It was two pieces - sample ballots from both major parties - obviously left there by a previous voter while signing in.) I picked it up and tossed it in the trash.

Becky's picture

7:55 @ Penn Home Luckily,

7:55 @ Penn Home

Luckily, there were no lines at all for division 11, but it looked like division 12 (which votes in the same building) had some people waiting. The voting machines were in a different room than usual, but there were people on hand to tell you where to go.

Pretty smooth--the only confusion was people who didn't know which division they were in and were thrown off by the room change.

Lots of McCain signs stapled to trees outside the Penn Home. I don't vote for candidates stapled to trees!

lauraska's picture

7:45 at Pop's

7:45 at Pop's playground.

There was little to no line. My experience was pretty cathartic, actually. While I waited for Mike to vote, I started talking to three men, all over the age of 40, who were lingering outside. None of them had voted in their entire lives and they were afraid they wouldn't know how to use the machine. (And NO ONE inside had offered to help them figure it out - I believe for reasons that I wont' even go into right now.) So I explained it all to them. One of the men was probably my dad's age (around 60), and he looked so proud to be voting. It just made me feel good that, no matter what happens, this election has inspired people to exercise their right to vote.

dan's picture

Becky wrote:I don't vote for

Becky wrote:

I don't vote for candidates stapled to trees!

On the other side,
there are several candidates I'd vote to have stapled to trees.

dan's picture

lauraska wrote:I started

lauraska wrote:

I started talking to three men, all over the age of 40, who were lingering outside. None of them had voted in their entire lives and they were afraid they wouldn't know how to use the machine. ... One of the men was probably my dad's age (around 60), and he looked so proud to be voting. It just made me feel good that, no matter what happens, this election has inspired people to exercise their right to vote.

Yeah, too cool.

Thanks for sharing the story, and thanks for showing those guys the ropes.

Carlucci's picture

The guy in front of me had

The guy in front of me had never voted before, and he was easily 45-years-old. He just walked up to the machine curtains and looked back and started laughing and then asked for help, which the staff gladly did. Very nice!

NEW KENZO's picture

Becky wrote:I don't vote for

Becky wrote:

I don't vote for candidates stapled to trees!

It is cruel to treat staples that way and no doubt she was on the fence but that there tipped her over to the other side.

Kat's picture

I waited outside Beacon

I waited outside Beacon Presbyterian to vote around 6:40 since I had to take the kids to school. There were five people in line in front of me. One repub. Nice older man who unfortunately would not shut up about what a "beaut" Palin is. I responded, "yes, she is very pretty. But very unqualified to be commander in chief if it came down to it." Then I bit my tongue.

May the best man win.

teener's picture

7:10 @ Pop's Playground. Saw

7:10 @ Pop's Playground. Saw a few neighbors and fellow dog park people. There were maybe 6-7 in line in front of us. Seemed pretty organized and no hassles at all. Everyone in line was neighborly and in pretty good spirits given the early hour.

I will admit to being dissapointed that we did not get any stickers or pins saying "I voted". That is the only pin I wanted and it made me sad that there were no such pins available this election.

neilpuck's picture

7:40 Church at Marlborough

7:40 Church at Marlborough at Belgrade

No lines, no waiting. Though I was #52, usually I'm within the first 10 in there. They're friendly, and helpful. The Flyer Passer outers were oddly absent. There were only one or two people out there. One person waiting in line, attempted to talk to one of the monitors, and as the discussion turned to specific candidates, the monitor, with obvious deliberateness, became silent. Proud of him.

jmminarik's picture

Becky wrote:. I don't vote

Becky wrote:

. I don't vote for candidates stapled to trees!

Good thing JC isn't running.

stilljes's picture

Does it make me a democracy

Does it make me a democracy dork that your story totally made me tear up?

lauraska's picture

stilljes wrote:Does it make

stilljes wrote:

Does it make me a democracy dork that your story totally made me tear up?

I don't know whose story you were referring to, but if it makes you feel better, I teared up in the voting booth as I looked at all my selections and pushed the VOTE button.

BenPhila's picture

8:00 AM Coral St. Arts

8:00 AM Coral St. Arts House:
My wife and I were among five people in line.
We were in and out of there in less than ten minutes.

On my way to work, I bike past an Old City polling place which, at 8:30, had a line out the door and down the block.
Made my ward's turnout seem really lame by comparison..Hopefully it'll pick up later.

qbert4578's picture

I was in and out in about 5

I was in and out in about 5 minutes... went to the Beacon Presbyterian Church on Cumberland.

brooke's picture

neilpuck wrote:7:40 Church

neilpuck wrote:

7:40 Church at Marlborough at Belgrade

No lines, no waiting. Though I was #52, usually I'm within the first 10 in there. They're friendly, and helpful. The Flyer Passer outers were oddly absent. There were only one or two people out there. One person waiting in line, attempted to talk to one of the monitors, and as the discussion turned to specific candidates, the monitor, with obvious deliberateness, became silent. Proud of him.

9:45am at Atonement. No lines. All the flyer people were inside. I repeat that I still don't like this practice.

The guy before me apparently voted for McCain and the rest, all Democratic, and didn't hit vote. I only realized this when it wouldn't change to Obama. I told them and they cleared it...and shut the machine off. I opened the curtain again and told them...on try #3, I was able to vote.

The flyering women aged from age 40 to about 65, all white women. One woman I overheard saying, "...All those Puerto Ricans and N*******s" and I glared right at her. A vote for Obama for me was a vote for change...in a lot of ways.

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newcomer's picture

8:45. Church @ Belgrade and

8:45. Church @ Belgrade and Montgomery. No line. A guy who walked out of his house on Belgrade across the street from the church said that he was instructed to go to Richmond St. to vote. He was very confused.

stilljes's picture

Quote:I don't know whose

Quote:

I don't know whose story you were referring to, but if it makes you feel better, I teared up in the voting booth as I looked at all my selections and pushed the VOTE button.

I was referring to yours, sorry! I forgot to quote through my tears. haha!

PattiMey's picture

dan wrote:8:45 am @

dan wrote:

8:45 am @ Hackett

We walked in and there was nobody else there, although the workers said it had been very busy earlier. We did pass other voters who were leaving on our way there, and others came in after we did.

One interesting thing was that there was campaign literature sitting on the registration table and nobody seemed to care. (It was two pieces - sample ballots from both major parties - obviously left there by a previous voter while signing in.) I picked it up and tossed it in the trash.

Thank you Dan for throwing sample ballots away. Last thing Fishtown needs is a bad rap for voting corruption.

dan's picture

I should clarify - it's also

I should clarify - it's also possible they just didn't realize it was there.

It's not like I said, "Hey, there's campaign literature" and they said "Who cares?"

A better way of saying it would have been "nobody was on top of it".

ronchito's picture

i waited in line for 20 mins

i waited in line for 20 mins for district 12 @ penn home -- only to discover that i was district 11 and i could've been done in 3 mins (no line). but aside from the lack of organization/direction upon entering, it was pleasant & uneventful.

eggs00's picture

I voted at Beacon Church

I voted at Beacon Church around 10. No issues. Short wait and the workers and the outside pamphlet people were all kind.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

newcomer wrote:8:45. Church

newcomer wrote:

8:45. Church @ Belgrade and Montgomery. No line. A guy who walked out of his house on Belgrade across the street from the church said that he was instructed to go to Richmond St. to vote. He was very confused.

Damn, I missed them building a church here.

dan's picture

I'm curious... which church

I'm curious... which church is at Belgrade & Montgomery?

zempf's picture

I was there at 8:25 and was

I was there at 8:25 and was number 85. No wait at all, in & out very fast.

jbette01's picture

9:00 AM @ Derkas Auto The

9:00 AM @ Derkas Auto

The little old ladies on my street were running the polls. I was #65 and they said they are usually on about #50 that time of the morning. No lines either. Whoop.

My first time not voting absentee. Loved it!

For those of us addicted to social networking, I love that facebook is running a count of people that said they voted. As of 10:40 AM its up over 1 million. I wonder how accurate it is?

newcomer's picture

dan wrote:I'm curious...

dan wrote:

I'm curious... which church is at Belgrade & Montgomery?

My BAD. Belgrade and Marlborough. PILGRIM CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. MARLBOROUGH.

zempf's picture

You know offhand what number

You know offhand what number you were? I'm just curious how many people came between me & you.

newcomer's picture

No. I forgot to ask. But

No. I forgot to ask. But it was empty when I entered the building.

jim.shreds's picture

adaire was quick at 8:15.

adaire was quick at 8:15. wife was #39 and i was 40.